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How do you infiltrate the startup ecosystem in Africa?

The question posed by the headline makes Africa’s VC ecosystem seem like the mafia, where your cousin Vinny has to introduce you to the godfather and you have to get through a series of tests to get into the inner circle of this elite group. In some ways, it pretty much is like that, or at least that’s what it will have you believe.

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I have been asked this question many times and it wasn’t until I took a small hiatus from the ecosystem that I realised the answer wasn’t so easy. When I used to get asked this question, my automatic response was simply “just do it”. After all, how hard can it be to meet up with Venture Capitalists (VCs), journos, Angels and all the different people who play a part in how the ecosystem rolls?

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